Offered by Department of Music and Performing Arts
College of Fine Arts and Humanities

THEA Courses

THEA 120GS - Introduction to the Theatre - 3 hours
Prereq: none
Study of theatre as a continuing cultural tradition. Designed to explore the role of theatre in society, and acquaint theatre majors and non-majors alike with the basic areas of theatre practice and study. Topics covered may include theatre history, dramatic literature, acting, playwriting, theatre technology, and/or design.
THEA 135 - Introduction to Stage Technology - 2 hours
Prereq: none
Introduction to the skills and craft of technical theatre, focused on developing a working knowledge of the materials, methods, techniques, tools, supplies, and work habits basic to theatre technicians. Work on mainstage productions will enhance the learning process.
THEA 136 - Introduction to Lighting Technology - 2 hours
Prereq: none
Introduction to lighting for the Theatre with a focus on the installation and maintenance of lighting equipment. Topics covered will include lighting equipment and computer and hand drafting techniques. Work on mainstage productions will enhance the learning process.
THEA 210 - Playscript Analysis - 3 hours
Prereq: THEA 120GS
Introduction to the techniques necessary to read, analyze, and understand playscripts for direction, performance, design, or research. Includes the exploration of dramatic structure, plot, character, imagery, and other elements which distinguish plays from other forms of literature.
THEA 222 - Oral Interpretation of Literature - 3 hours
Prereq: none
Development of expression, interpretation, and delivery skills involved in oral presentations through performance of literature, prose, poetry, and drama. Studies may include such topics as literary selection, articulation, projection, and physicalization.
THEA 225 - Acting I - 3 hours
Prereq: none
Exploration of the foundations of acting through creative "play," open critiques, and in-class exercises. Study may include an introduction to basic Stanislavski acting terminology and techniques, beginning rehearsal techniques, and performance analysis. Performance skills will be practiced and enhanced through the preparation of monologues and a short scene.
THEA 226 - Acting II - 3 hours
Prereq: THEA 225
Continued refinement of acting techniques through the study and final performance of selected scenes, with a focus on character development and script analysis. Coursework will also include the development of emotional realism through work with modern playwrights such as Ibsen, Chekov, Strindberg, and Shaw.
THEA 235 - Creative Dramatics - 3 hours
Prereq: none
A fun, practical approach to theatre games, improvisation, and movement providing ample opportunities to participate in and learn to teach beginning theatre courses at elementary and high school levels. Possibilities for work in the community.
THEA 237 - Children's Theatre - 3 hours
Prereq: none
Study of the objectives of theatre for young audiences through practical experience in selection, direction, and production of plays by and/or for children.
THEA 240 - Stage Makeup - 3 hours
Prereq: none
Introduction to stage makeup design and application techniques. Design and application projects are used to familiarize the student with the essential uses of stage makeup for the actor, technician, and educator.
THEA 241 - Introduction to Costume Technology - 2 hours
Prereq: none
Study and training with basic costuming equipment, materials, and techniques. Designed to teach the basics of costume construction including: patterning, cutting, fitting, altering, and caring for costumes. Specific skills are applied through construction projects and work on mainstage productions.
THEA 295 - Theatre Practicum - 1 hour
Prereq: permission of instructor
Practical experiences in theatrical production including, but not limited to: acting, stagecraft, scene painting, electrics, props, technical crews, publicity, and administration.
THEA 296 - Elements of Theatrical Design - 3 hours
Prereq: THEA 135, THEA 136
Overview of theatrical design intended to acquaint students with basic design elements and rendering techniques in relation to scenery, lighting, and costumes for the stage. Script analysis, production design requirements, the collaborative design process, and the universal language (principles) of design will be explored in depth.
THEA 306 - Movement for the Stage - 3 hours
Prereq: THEA 225
Basic understanding of how the body, as the actor's physical instrument, functions in a performance space. Techniques studied will prepare actors to react with creative and impulsive movements, while developing control and stamina through exercise, relaxation, improvisation, and imagination. In-class and environmental movement pieces will be performed throughout the semester.
THEA 307 - Voice and Diction for the Stage - 3 hours
Prereq: THEA 225
Raising awareness of spoken English and its basic sound elements through an understanding of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). Preparing for clear, articulate, and well-supported vocal freedom, both on and off stage, through identification of vocal habits. Character voices, dialects, pitch, vocal variety, and ear training may be covered.
THEA 322 - Theatre and Stage Management - 3 hours
Prereq: THEA 135
Study of the principles and practices in administration and stage management for theatre producing organizations. Areas covered may include: publicity, season selection, personnel, and audience services; with particular emphasis on stage management including scheduling, rehearsals, production, and performances.
THEA 325 - Advanced Acting - 3 hours
Prereq: THEA 225
Exploration of advanced acting principles and techniques through monologues, ensembles, and scene work. Builds on the foundations developed in Fundamentals of Acting and guides students in the practice of more complex scene analysis and characterization.
THEA 350 - Survey of Dramatic Literature I - 3 hours
Prereq: THEA 120GS
Examination of play scripts as a genre in world literature. The course will follow the progression of dramatic literature from ancient times to the beginning of the 18th Century. Readings will focus on the genres of comedy and tragedy in the following periods: Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Medieval, Tudor and Stuart England.
THEA 351 - Survey of Dramatic Literature II - 3 hours
Prereq: THEA 120GS
Examination of dramatic literature with primary focus on the modern and postmodern eras of world literature. Specific emphasis will be placed on the philosophical approaches of Realism/Naturalism and Existentialism.
THEA 400 - Teaching Theatre - 3 hours
Prereq: permission of instructor
Preparation of future Theatre instructors for professional work. Learning to plan, prepare, and execute Theatre programs for high schools, continuing studies programs, and community centers. Study will include: creating courses, developing lesson plans, in-class teaching opportunities, organizing class projects, identifying teaching opportunities, coordinating extracurricular activities, and conducting self-evaluations. Will assist students in identifying and developing individual styles of Theatre pedagogy.
THEA 401 - Special Topics - 1-3 hours
Prereq: permission of instructor
Study in a specific area of theatre which will vary each time the course is offered. Topics of study may include performance, history, criticism, play development, technical theatre, as well as others.
THEA 413 - History of Theatre I - 3 hours
Prereq: THEA 120GS
Survey of Theatre History covering the development of the institution of theatre from pre-historical rituals through the Elizabethan period. Areas of study include: theory and criticism, literature, physical theatre, and personnel.
THEA 414 - History of Theatre II - 3 hours
Prereq: THEA 120GS
Survey of Theatre History covering periods from the Italian Renaissance through the rise of Realism. Areas of study include: theory and criticism, literature, physical theatre, and personnel.
THEA 415 - History of Theatre III - 3 hours
Prereq: THEA 120GS
Survey of Theatre History covering the development of modern theatre in the late 19th and 20th Centuries. Particular emphasis is placed on Realism/Naturalism and Postmodern Theatre. Areas of study include: theory and criticism, literature, physical theatre, and personnel.
THEA 419 - Costume Design - 3 hours
Prereq: THEA 241, THEA 296* OR permission of instructor
Exploration of the elements and principles of design in relation to theatrical costume design. Specific projects are used to develop the design process with explicit attention to character analysis, period research, design conceptualization, and limitations of budgets and production schedules. Application of construction skills is enhanced through production work.
THEA 420 - Scene Design - 3 hours
Prereq: THEA 296* or permission of instructor
Introduction to the processes and techniques used to apply design elements and principles in the creation of visual environments. Study and practice in script analysis, research, design process, production styles, stage composition, conceptualization, rendering, scenic model-making, etc. will be used to develop and refine design skills. Application of design skills is enhanced through production work.
THEA 421 - Playwriting - 3 hours
Prereq: none
Instruction in the craft of playwriting and an organic approach to creating new works. Students will work on original monologues and short plays as they study the elements of drama and the technical format of writing for the stage. Playwriting, play production, competitions, and script publication will be covered.
THEA 423 - Advanced Theatre Practicum - 1 hour
Prereq: permission of instructor
Significant projects in theatre production for advanced Theatre students. Designed to provide students with experience in positions or roles that fully utilize the performance and/or technical skills they have acquired. Projects may include: stage management, directing, major roles, mainstage designs, administration, or others approved by Theatre faculty.
THEA 425 - Acting III - 3 hours
Prereq: THEA 226*
Advanced training in specific acting styles and techniques such as Greek Drama, Shakespeare, Comedy of Manners, Commedia dell-Arte, Theatre of the Absurd, Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed, and the Meisner Technique. Study will include vocal and physical work.
THEA 426 - Career Preparation - 3 hours
Prereq: junior or senior standing
Preparation of performance students with the tools necessary for employment in the professional Theatre world and/or entry into graduate training programs. Course will include development of resumes, curriculum vitas, and portfolios; headshots; role-playing and mock interviews; and an examination of graduate schools, regional and national theatre companies, and audition opportunities. Participation in simulated audition scenarios will play a major role in the course.
THEA 430 - Modern Dramatic Theory - 3 hours
Prereq: THEA 120GS or permission of instructor
Examination of the basic theories of theatre practice and dramatic literature from 1870 to the present. Realism/Naturalism and 20th Century Postmodernism will be emphasized.
THEA 436 - Advanced Technical Theatre - 3 hours
Prereq: THEA 135
Exploration of advanced methods and materials utilized in contemporary technical theatre. Students will become familiar with techniques in mechanical drafting, computer-aided drafting, metalworking, wood turning, foam sculpting, painting, and other technical areas.
THEA 438 - Technical Direction - 3 hours
Prereq: THEA 436*
Study of the theory and practice of technical direction for the performing arts and the role of the technical director in the collaborative production process. Course content is focused on the development of skills and techniques for scenery construction, stage rigging, technical drafting, budgeting time and resources, and management.
THEA 447 - Lighting Design - 3 hours
Prereq: THEA 296*
Examination of the mechanics, principles, and practices of lighting for the stage. Course will include: analysis of scripts for lighting design, application of design elements, introduction to lighting equipment and control systems, study of color theory, development and execution of light plots, and an overview of electricity. Hands-on training during mainstage light hang/focus, as well as various design projects will enhance the overall experience.
THEA 460 - Independent Study and Research - 1-3 hours
Prereq: permission of instructor
Independent study or research of a theatre-related topic under the direction of a Theatre Department faculty member. Proposals for study or research must be submitted to the appropriate faculty advisor prior to registering for this course.
THEA 475 - Internship - 1-12 hours
Prereq: permission of theatre faculty, acceptance into a theatre internship program
Practical experience in theatre conducted in cooperation with a professional or resident theatre company. Student work in acting, directing, stage management, design, technical work, or administration will be monitored and evaluated by a Theatre faculty advisor.
THEA 480 - Play Direction - 3 hours
Prereq: THEA 120GS, THEA 135, THEA 225
Introduction to the fundamentals of directing for the stage through application of basic principles and techniques to one-act and cutting projects. Projects combine theory and practice in play selection, script interpretation, stage movement, stage composition, interpersonal relationships, production values, rehearsals, and ultimate performance.

* This course is the immediate prerequisite. Other preparation is required prior to this immediate prerequisite.

19 Mar 2008